Global Studies

Globalization is producing a growing interdependence of states, economies, societies, cultures, and people. The 3rd International Summer School in Global Studies focuses on globally shared issues such as global economies and inequalities, major trends that affect contemporary geopolitics and geo-economy, development and the environment from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

Through lectures and seminars, students will acquire the knowledge and competencies for understanding the complexity of today’s global system and its main implications for economic governance and policy. Moreover, a module on Leadership and Management, and a multidisciplinary laboratory on staff and communication skills will allow participants to become familiar with the most effective approaches to conflict management and leadership dynamics. 

The Summer School also focuses on the most important economic and political implications of climate change and increasing migration flows, on both a regional and global scale. Finally, the School includes a “Country profile workshop”, where participants are required to actively participate in the analysis of the physical, political, economic and military profile of a Country of their choice.

Programme 2020

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic that is currently affecting the entire globe, the Summer School in Global Studies 2020 has been cancelled.

We have delayed making this decision for as long as we could, in the hopes that the situation would improve, but it is now clear that there are too many variables for us to continue our planning of the programme when there is still so much uncertainty around its feasibility this summer.

We look forward to welcoming students again in 2021.

Programme Director

Prof. Stefano Soriani

The teaching staff includes lecturers from Ca’ Foscari University and the Maritime Military Studies Institute of the Italian Military Navy.

Course contents

Prerequisites: a background in the topics is not necessary, but a basic knowledge of economics (high school level) is assumed.


Venice: the beauty, history and magic of the city provide a unique setting. Classes will be held at Ca' Foscari University in the city centre, and in the majestic buildings of the Arsenale of Venice, at the Italian Military Navy base (base della Marina Militare).

Last update: 25/02/2021